Karat rejects `third front` as an alternative

CPI-M general secy Prakash Karat rejected the concept of third front as an alternative to the present political situation in the country.

Kolkata: CPI-M General Secretary Prakash
Karat on FRIDAY rejected the concept of third front as an
alternative to the present political situation in the country
and advocated a non-Congress and non-BJP Left democratic
secular alliance instead.

"We are not in favour of any third front as an
alternative to the present political situation. But we prefer
a non-BJP, non-Congress Left democratic secular alliance,"
he told reporters at the end of a four-day CPI-M Central
Committee meeting.

While the scams-ridden Congress-led UPA-II "failed
miserably" to run the government in a transparent way, the BJP
has also been "exposed" particularly on the issue of Lokpal
Bill, he said.

People are fed up with scams of the UPA-II government one
after another, besides its "miserable" performance on various
issues, Karat said.

At this stage a true alternative of the present political
situation could only be found in a non-BJP, non-Congress left
democratic secular alliance, he added.

To a question about their stand in the forthcoming
assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, Karat said that the CPI-M
would fight there against the Congress, the BJP and the BSP.

"We want defeat of the Congress, the BJP and the BSP in Uttar
Pradesh," he said.

The CPI-M, which once even projected the BSP leader
Mayawati as a leader at the national level, ruled out its support to her now, while strongly criticising her government
saying "the BSP has a record of misrule with many instances of
corruptions".

PTI

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